It’s that time of year. The time of year when we celebrate the fact that it’s mid-summer by blowing up big colorful things in the air and ooh and aahh at them on our picnic blankets. It’s Independence Day time in the United States and that means fireworks and picnics and time spent with family while picnicking and watching fireworks.
Man has certainly done a great job of dazzling up the night using gunpowder mixed with various colors. When the fireworks experts pack that gunpowder and the various explosive charges they do so in very specific ways to create the spectacular shapes that you see. However, nature, as always, has a fireworks show going on all the time.
In order to celebrate Independence Day, here are five flowers that look a lot like fireworks.
Alliums – these are actually part of the same family of plants as onions, scallions, leeks and garlic. However, there are many cultivars that are used for decoration. Due to the unique way that they grow, when the flowers emerge they look like fireworks exploding in the night sky. They come in a variety of colors such as blue, red, white, purple and yellow.
Aster Flowers – the very name of this flower indicates how spectacular it looks when open. It comes from the Greek meaning “star.” At one time there were nearly 600 species of flowers that fell under the Aster genus. During the 1990s, however, researchers narrowed the results and today there are roughly 180 flowers still considered Asters. Despite the reduction you can find a whole palette of colors in this family of flowers and when they bloom it will make you think of summer and fireworks.
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass – this is a type of plant that has been created exclusively to be used for its colors and shape. The leaves start out with green and white stripes, but as the weather gets warmer they “blush” and turn that pinkish color. They also add movement to gardens thanks to the long fronds that blow in the breeze.
Gomphrena – good for dry, sunny locations, the gomphrena produce very small, tight bunches of flowers that bloom into spherical globes like you see here. They come in a whole array of colors if you’re really looking to put on a natural fireworks display including: purple, pink, red, blue, white and orange. These are very popular for drying out and are often sold as dried flowers for decoration.
Pink Rose – of course roses have to be in here. Yes, there are many roses that stay closed, but if you get one that opens just right, well, it looks just like those spectacular fireworks that you see on display at night during Independence Day. They also smell good and are the traditional flower for romance. These days there are many colors of roses and some of them, like the one in the photo, have multiple colors within one flower.
So, if you don’t want to head out to the local park to see the community fireworks display, you can lay out in your garden and just look at nature’s version. The colors are just as spectacular, but it’s a lot quieter.